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Take Mealtime Stress Off Your Plate With Yumble

Thanks to Yumble for sponsoring this post. Back in 2018 I shared about Yumble, a weekly subscription service that delivers prepared meals for kids. These meals were helpful to me as a pregnant mom of two but have been a lifesaver now that I’m a mom of three (and somehow just as exhausted as when [Read On]

Outdoor Winter Fun In Chicago

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Winter here in Chicago seems to be dragging on forever. We haven’t seen temperatures above twenty degrees in the past couple of weeks and we’ve gotten almost 20 inches of snow so far this month. Thankfully, I see some warmer temperatures in the forecast [Read On]

Boston Market’s New Chicken Sandwiches

Thanks to Boston Market for sponsoring this post. Chicken sandwiches have been all the rage lately so it only makes sense that Boston Market (formerly Boston Chicken) got in on the action. Boston Market is known as the experts in rotisserie cooking, having prepared fresh chicken and USDA choice Prime Rib in signature rotisserie ovens [Read On]

New Family Tradition: Random Acts Of Kindness Planning Dinners

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Did you know that this Wednesday, February 17th, is Random Acts of Kindness Day? After the past year that we have all had this is the perfect holiday to celebrate! I’ve shared ideas for Random Acts of Kindness before and even shared some of [Read On]

Superior Source Vitamins Giveaway

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Over the past year, I put my health on the backburner. Other than a short period of time over the summer, I really haven’t been very worried about exercise, what I’m eating, or taking my vitamins. I’ve just focused on not getting Covid and [Read On]

Valentine’s Day Tot School Setup And Themed Activities For Toddlers

This post contains affiliate links. Over a decade ago I wrote a post with ideas for a love themed tot school lesson and it’s been one of the most visited Valentine’s Day posts on my blog since then. Now that my third child is two I’m doing tot school all over again so I’m sharing [Read On]

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I loved sharing gift ideas for Christmas and the gift guide was so well-received that I thought I’d put together another gift guide for Valentine’s Day. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for your significant other or your GALentine I have gift [Read On]

CanvasConquest Giveaway

Thanks to CanvasConquest for sponsoring this post. At the bottom is a giveaway for a chance to win a gift certificate to their site where you can buy all sorts of products, including their 5 Piece Canvas Art and travel push pin maps. Back in March of last year, when the stay-at-home orders started, I was convinced [Read On]

Valentine’s Day Locket Giveaway

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I’ve loved working with Pictures on Gold over the past couple of years. I’ve made lockets for myself with photos of my three kids, one for my mom (birthmom) with photos of all her grandkids, and even one for my young daughter with photos of her and I. [Read On]

Valentine’s Day Books For Young Children

This post contains affiliate links. With Valentine’s Day just a little over a month away I thought it would be a great time to share some books about love that are perfect for young children. Here are some books little kids will enjoy reading again and again. Most are specifically for Valentine’s Day but some [Read On]

Winter Themed Sensory Bins

This post contains affiliate links. This is going to be a long winter at home so I thought I’d share some fun winter themed sensory bins! Here at our house I have a few different sensory bins and my two year old loves playing in them. We have a sensory table (this one) in the [Read On]

Moms Share Their Favorite Restaurants In Chicago And The Suburbs That Are Offering Carryout And Delivery

Live in the Chicago area and want to support local restaurants but don’t want to eat indoors? I’ve polled local mom’s groups to discover the best restaurants in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs that are offering carryout and/or delivery. Plus, these moms share what they recommend ordering so you know what to get when you [Read On]

Snow Themed Tot School Lesson Plan

This post contains affiliate links. Some activities require direct supervision due to small pieces. This week is Emma’s first week of Tot School! I’m so excited to start this journey with her. I shared about it earlier this week in my Back to Tot School post but, if you missed it, Tot School is just [Read On]

Simple Goals For 2021

Thanks to Farther Finance for sponsoring this post. I didn’t make many goals for 2020 but by the end of March it was clear that the only goal I should have for the year we just went through was to SURVIVE. From being cooped up in the house with three kids to figuring out elearning [Read On]

The Return Of Tot School Lesson Plans

Over a decade ago, back when my tweens were toddlers, I did “tot school” with them. The idea came from Carisa who coined the term for the idea of intentionally exposing young children to early learning skills through fun play at home. She always had so many great ideas and I also believe that children learn [Read On]

Cleaning Products That Work (Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. As a mom, I feel like the cleaning and the laundry are never-ending. Anyone else feel this way?! Thankfully I have two older kids that can help with the cleaning. I also have a toddler who is not quite as helpful yet but she [Read On]

The Homeowner’s Solution To Hard Water

Thanks to Flow-Tech for sponsoring this post. If you have hard water in your home you know the problems it can cause. Hard water, when left untreated, leads to ongoing costs, maintenance, and issues. Clogged pipes can lead to a dramatic reduction of flow and destruction of flow throughout your home. Over time, the scale caused by [Read On]

100 Socially Distanced Christmas Activities For Families

This post contains affiliate links. This Christmas will be unlike any other we’ve ever experienced -and most of us will be sticking close to home- but that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as magical and meaningful as past holiday seasons. Today I’m sharing 100 ideas for a socially distanced Christmas season. All of these [Read On]

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

If you are looking for gift ideas you are in the right place! I have dozens of ideas and there is something here for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. There are also some awesome GIVEAWAYS which you can enter at the bottom of this gift guide. More gift ideas and giveaways will be added [Read On]

Calling All Dog Parents

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Amazon Prime Video.  Calling all dog parents! Today a new, unscripted series called ‘The Pack‘ premieres on Amazon Prime Video. The series celebrates the unrivaled bond between dogs and their human companions. I’m excited to check it out since our family recently grew by eight paws [Read On]

Thanksgiving Books For Toddlers And Preschoolers

This post contains affiliate links. I love having holiday themed books to read to my toddler. I noticed while going through her board books that we had a lot of Halloween books and tons of Christmas books but no Thanksgiving holiday books so I went to find some on Amazon. I thought I’d share the [Read On]

Fall Outdoor Activities To Do With Kids

Thanks to Vuly Play for sponsoring this post and encouraging families to get outdoors. As the weather cools off it seems like the kids start spending more time indoors and it’s harder to get them to go outside when they have to bundle up. There is lots of fun to be had outside in the [Read On]

Fall Writing Activities For Kids

The written word is a wonderful way to connect with others and is especially useful during this time when kids aren’t able to connect in person with their friends and family members. I put a list of fun summer writing activities together last year so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some ideas as we head into the colder months.

Halloween Sensory Bins

When I taught preschool one of the most popular areas in the classroom was the sensory table. I loved creating themed sensory bins for my preschoolers and continued once I left the classroom and had my own kids. My boys grew out of the sensory table stage (they are both in junior high now!) so [Read On]

Books For Kids Who Are Feeling Worried Or Anxious

A couple of years ago I shared a post with a list of books for kids that have anxiety. As a mom with anxiety- who is raising a child with anxiety- I put the resource together when I was looking for books for my own family. Knowing that many more children are struggling during this [Read On]

Photo Gift Ideas

Thanks to CanvasDiscount.com for sponsoring this post. I know that it’s only September but as I told you in July, I’m using this extra time at home to start getting all prepped for Christmas so I can have a less stressful holiday season. As a mom, some of my favorite gifts are ones that come [Read On]

Raising a Child With Cerebral Palsy: Tips For First-Time Parents

When my youngest son was diagnosed with Autism it was not a surprise to me. Still, getting that diagnosis from the doctor- that I knew in my heart was coming- did not make it any easier to be on the receiving end of the doctor’s words. My son was already enrolled in therapies due to [Read On]

A Social Distancing Island Vacation In The Midwest

Thanks to Miller Boat Line for inviting my family to visit Put-In-Bay for a social distancing vacation and for providing ferry service and a golf cart for us to use on the island. A few years ago I discovered Put-In-Bay, Ohio while I was putting my trip to (nearby) Cedar Point together. It seemed like [Read On]

Prepping For Christmas In July

Thanks to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. Who else is ready to jump ahead to Christmas and then leave 2020 behind? I know I’m not the only one since I can tell from my site analytics that a lot of you are looking at Christmas posts- and some are even already on to Valentine’s [Read On]

A Night Without A Bed Challenge To Raise Awareness For Family Homelessness

Each year in America, 2.5 million children experience homelessness. One in sixteen American children will experience homelessness before they reach the first grade. These children are three times more likely to be placed in special education programs, eight to nine times more likely to repeat a grade, and seven times more likely than their peers [Read On]